PixelFlex Entertains at The Cowan

Architectural Photography by Michael Baxter, Baxter Imaging LLC

For The Cowan, a two-story live performance music venue at Top Golf Nashville, J Sound Services has installed a mobile and expansive FLEXTour 2.8mm LED video solution from PixelFLEX.

A robust, high-definition and curve-able LED video display, FLEXTour is designed specifically for the rigorous demands of live entertainment productions. With its rigging capabilities that allow for traditional and off-set configurations, each 500 mm x 1000 mm tile is fully front-serviceable and its integrated climbing ladder allows for quick access to displays flown high overhead. Built with the highest standard in components including the new NovaStar A8s receiving card, FLEXTour is completely flicker-free making it one of the premier LED video design solutions available today. 

Jason Spence, J Sound Services, explained: “For the LED video, we started by investigating the visual acuity of the space and what content would be shown on the screen. With many types of events, the content would range from full-on HD video imagery to PowerPoint presentations, so we really needed to keep the formatting of the content as simple as possible and we ended going with a 16:9 format.”

On a stage measuring approximately 24 ft wide and 16 ft deep, Jason knew that image quality would be key to the experience behind the video design in the live entertainment venue. “We initially looked at both 3.6 mm and 2.8 mm options and wanting the client to see the performance differences between the two, we went over to PixelFLEX for a factory demo. They set up two walls at opposite ends of the viewing space; on one side was the 2.8mm and on the other a 3.6 mm. We all then stood in the middle and it was a pretty quick decision to go with the FLEXTour 2.8 mm LED,” he added.

Understanding that both technical and non-technical personnel would be using the display, Jason designed a comprehensive control system that would allow anyone to quickly get their event going.

“We have an Analog Way Asender 32 that is feeding the outputs to the sending units, and the inputs are connected to a media server and an auxiliary HDMI TV input. There are also HDMI inputs on the stage and front-of-house so that pretty much anywhere you need to place your source inside the venue, you have a way to connect to the LED video wall. All the switching is done using the Analog Way Web RCS software, and we have a three-camera HD PTZ system as well in case they are doing an event that needs live video. Additionally, if there is a non-technical staff that needs to put something on the wall, we have a Crestron Control system that allows them to easily switch to pre-loaded graphics or connect a laptop to the LED video wall with one-touch ability,” Jason summarised.